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Grand Lake Center open house

Sky-Hi Staff Report

An Open House to celebrate the progress made at the Grand Lake Center as well as the possibilities for future uses has been scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov 16 at the Center, which was formerly the Grand Lake Elementary School.

The first 45 minutes will be a time for people to enjoy refreshments, view the multi-purpose room as it was prepared for the Disney Way conference and mingle with fellow attendees. At 6:15 p.m., Jeff Wood from the University of Colorado-Denver, Colorado Center for Community Development will then present several potential options for the Center as well as feasibility analysis of those options. It was he and his students that worked with Grand Lake residents to design and transform the multi-purpose room from a gymnasium to a conference center.

The Center, which was purchased earlier this year from the East Grand School District by the Town of Grand Lake, is already utilized by a local church for services and a local group of recreational pickle-ball players.

The recent Disney Way Customer-Service Training that was held in the building is an example of using the Grand Lake Center as a convention center. That training, which attracted nearly 100 people, utilized the multi-purpose room for lectures, group exercises as well as breakfasts and lunches. The classrooms were utilized for break-out sessions. That type of use is an example of a revenue bucket that can support other uses of the building.

Utilization of the Grand Lake Center is still in the envisioning stage and the residents of the Grand Lake area are encouraged to attend the Open House to talk about the vision for future uses and to discuss ways to finance the facility. This invitation is intended to give people the opportunity to get involved at the planning and visioning phase.


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